By Dave Rice / The San Diego Reader / Dec. 17, 2011
Southern California Gas Company employees rallied across the state yesterday to protest a proposed labor agreement brought forth by the company’s parent, San Diego-based Sempra Energy. Picketing took place at Sempra facilities in Los Angeles, Anaheim, Compton, Visalia and Redlands.
Sempra employees with the Utility Workers Union of America and the International Chemical Workers Union have been without a contract since the previous agreement expired on November 1. Members say they have rejected the “last, best and final offer” made by the utility, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
According to the unions, the proposal includes wage freezes, an increased reliance on part-time workers, cuts to retirement benefits, and caps on retiree medical coverage. The groups accuse Sempra of unfair labor practices.
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